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4 Steps to Leading a Better Conference Call

A survey from Raindance Communications looked at the issue of multitasking. And for those of you who regularly lead conference calls (like me), brace yourselves… the numbers ain’t pretty. These stats are a little dated but still eye-opening. According to this survey: 90% of people surveyed said they multitask while on conference calls; 70% reported doing other, unrelated work; 50% […]

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Communicating During a Crisis: Be Patient

One of the ways I have been dealing with the unknowns of the current health and economic crisis is by reaching out to people around me. A few weeks ago, I made a list of about 20 people in my life that I wanted to speak to… fellow business owners, long-time friends, former mentors and […]

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The Silence is Louder Than Ever

I was listening in on a conference call last week, with a decent sized audience. The leader of the call was working really hard to manage the call, bring some energy to it, engage people. He had clearly spent a lot of time thinking about what he was going to say. His message was positive, […]

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Now is the Time for Reinvention

We are experiencing a once-in-a-generation shakeup in the way we do, well… everything. We are watching it and living it in real time. The way we work, the way we go to school, the way we socialize, the way we do everything has been shaken up, and quickly. And at the most macro level, we […]

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Be Clear About the Tasks You Need to Succeed

We are sharing this post from our archive today, because it resonates in the current environment. We love goal setting at The Latimer Group. But we also love being clear about the tasks that will lead to the fulfillment of the goal. Be safe and healthy, dear friends. As some of you may already know, […]

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Do You Allow Your Team to Get Creative? Are You Sure?

Like many organizations, The Latimer Group is taking the health crisis, and its impact on our work, one day at a time. Things are crazy for lots of businesses and lots of people, and we aren’t complaining… we are acutely aware that there are many who are truly suffering right now.  But with travel bans, […]

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Help Your Team Help You

We do an enormous amount of writing here about how to prepare well, and not waste other people’s time… especially if that person is your boss. We all know how important it is to be able to communicate well to people above you on the org chart. But let’s flip that around for a moment. […]

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Virtual Meetings: Curate What Your Audience Sees

This post was written by Kendra Raguckas, Director of Instructional Design & Technology at The Latimer Group. Two weeks ago, our team hosted a free online conversation focusing on our new normal in the virtual world. We shared our top five observations from the transition to mandated remote work and our recommendations on how to adjust […]

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Communicating During a Crisis: Trust is the Coin of the Realm

Distance tends to clarify relationships. (I wish I knew that in college…) Human beings are social creatures who thrive on connection and community. Relationships and trust are built over time through shared experiences and common bonds. When we separate from each other for extended periods of time, the strengths of our relationships are challenged. Distance […]

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The Additional (and Unexpected) Benefit of Virtual Communication

We have been meeting virtually for a long time, and the ability to use virtual meeting platforms to get people together is not at all new. My colleagues and I have been communicating and teaching via WebEx since The Latimer Group started nearly twenty years ago. But like many organizations, virtual communication tools have been […]

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